The MHAC’s Northeast Hub members represent seven counties: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit. Local work gives MHAC members the opportunity to advocate on issues impacting their regional communities and to interact with other regional member organizations to create a cohesive voice.
Meetings & Events
The MHAC hosts quarterly Northeast Hub Policy & Advocacy Committee meetings, open to all Northeast Hub members for in-person or teleconference attendance. This Committee works to move forward the seven priority areas of the Northeast Hub Advocacy Agenda, and works with MHAC staff every two years to develop a new Advocacy Agenda addressing key local issues related to mental health and addiction disorders.
The Northeast Hub Substance Use Disorders & Addictions Subcommittee, under the umbrella of the Policy & Advocacy Committee, also meets quarterly and is open to all Northeast Hub members for in-person or teleconference attendance. This Subcommittee focuses on the Substance Use Disorders and Other Addictions pillar of the Northeast Hub Advocacy Agenda.
The 2021-2022 Northeast Hub Advocacy Agenda priorities include:
- Local Funding and Support for Mental Health and Addiction Services – The MHAC researches its Hub county funding structures and advocates for the passage of levies and county budget allocations that support local mental health and addiction service delivery.
- Children and Adolescents – The MHAC identifies gaps in services for children and transitional aged youth, researches and promotes resources to address these gaps, and participates in community partnerships and initiatives related to child/adolescent mental health and addiction disorders.
- Older Adults – The MHAC promotes the importance of preparing and training local workforces for the behavioral health needs of a growing population of older adults. It also works to educate public officials and other key stakeholders on policies that impact seniors, and the need to include mental health and addiction services in all coordinated efforts to support this population.
- Substance Use Disorders and Other Addictions – The MHAC conducts research into the complexities and limitations associated with local addiction prevention and treatment services, participates in local initiatives and partnerships related to addiction disorders, and educates local policymakers and other stakeholders on existing needs in addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
- Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice – The MHAC builds relationships with and between local stakeholders in the criminal justice system and the behavioral health system to promote opportunities to divert individuals in need of behavioral health treatment from the criminal justice system.
- Workforce Development – The MHAC identifies local behavioral health workforce shortages, working with local institutions of higher education and other community partners to creatively address these shortages at different points in the career trajectory. Efforts include promoting the recruitment of new individuals into the pipeline, advocating for funding for schools and providers to offer financial support to students pursuing careers in behavioral health, and encouraging improved support for professionals already working in the field.
- Addressing Systemic Racism – The MHAC conducts research into local efforts to address systemic racism, participates in local initiatives and partnerships in order to eliminate structural racism, and educates local policymakers and other stakeholders on existing disparities related to minorities' behavioral health.
Other ways members are included in local work:
- Members receive action alerts for local policy advocacy, including county budgets, levies, and other local projects.
- Members participate in meetings with local public officials and in-district meetings with state-level public officials.
- MHAC staff consult members regarding local resources and opportunities to highlight best practices and promising programs.
- The MHAC hosts its annual Northeast Hub Public Officials Breakfast Reception every October where MHAC members engage with local, state, and federal public officials during a morning of networking.
- The MHAC hosts four annual membership meetings, bringing in experts on specific topics regarding mental health and/or addiction disorders to present to and engage with members.
- Members have the opportunity to network and share their own initiatives with their fellow MHAC members.
Interested in becoming a member of the MHAC’s Northeast Hub? Read more about who can become a member on our Join Us page.